re·​ex·​am·​ine (ˌ)rē-ig-ˈza-mən How to pronounce reexamine (audio)
variants or re-examine
reexamined or re-examined; reexamining or re-examining

transitive verb

: to examine (someone or something) again especially from a different point of view
reexamine the patient/evidence
reexamining our assumptions
It's healthy, I think, to reexamine old institutions and futz with them rather than throw them out entirely.Majorie Ingall
The great expense is in part also a political choice that should be re-examined.Mary Graham
law : to question (a witness) again in a legal proceeding
Each witness is first questioned by the prosecution …, then 'cross-examined' by the defence, and then sometimes 're-examined' by the prosecution.R. M. Jackson

Examples of reexamine in a Sentence

in light of your broken leg, we should reexamine our decision to go on a hiking vacation this summer
Recent Examples on the Web Over one fitful night a man is visited by three ghosts that terrorize him into reexamining his life and his entire way of thinking. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024 Licensure is reexamined each year to ensure the foster family continues to meet DCS requirements, including additional training each year to maintain this license. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2024 Across the country, states are reexamining their approaches to guardianship, overhauling decades-old laws to better protect vulnerable adults who, because of their age or ailment, can no longer care for themselves. Jake Pearson, ProPublica, 30 Apr. 2024 In addition to pay and bonuses, many agencies are reexamining their application requirements and hiring processes. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2024 But Cook's legacy – initiating a period of colonization that obscured the histories of Native Islanders – is being reexamined today. David Morgan, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2024 The department reexamined the case in 2022, hoping that new forensic technology would help reach a breakthrough. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Small businesses should reexamine their feedback channels and apply technology to synthesize insights and convert customer perspectives into action. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 After high-profile cases like Britney Spears’, the legal guardian and conservator systems in the U.S. are being reexamined. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'reexamine.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reexamine was in 1593

Dictionary Entries Near reexamine

Cite this Entry

“Reexamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


transitive verb
: to examine again

More from Merriam-Webster on reexamine

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!